Environmental Geology

Series
Prentice Hall
Author
Keller  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
9
Language
English
Total pages
624
Pub.-date
January 2010
ISBN13
9780321643759
ISBN
0321643755
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Description

Having originally defined the Environmental Geology course, this text is considered the most comprehensive yet readable book for a course at this level. Keller continues to offer the most detailed, current research available. He covers a wide range of topics, discussing everything from fundamental geologic principles to the specifics of environmental law and geologic hazards, from a truly environmental perspective. The Ninth Edition emphasizes the engineering geology approach, with more quantification of relationships, especially in the discussion of soil and rock mechanics and landslides.

Features

The “Fundamental Concepts” of Environmental Geology are introduced in Chapter 1-including Population Growth, Sustainability, Systems, Limitation of Resources, Uniformitarianism, Hazardous Earth Process, and Geology as a Basic Environmental Science. This chapter provides an easily understandable framework that will help students understand and evaluate the philosophical and technical material presented in the text and course.

Engaging case histories open each chapter and appear throughout, introducing students to the chapter topic in context-sometimes humorous (the gold and silver mines of Palo Alto, CA), sometimes tragic (Mt. Unzen, Japan), always relevant-before tackling the details. Also, in-chapter case histories bring the material to life through global examples, stories, and events.

Extensive lists of primary sources appear in each chapter, encouraging students to explore the literature further through the scrupulously kept, comprehensive, current, and authoritative list of references.

The Companion Website includes:
-Interactive animations with GradeTracker assessment questions
-new flashcards that can be exported to selected mobile devices
-quizzes
-preloaded content such as easy-to-use chapter guides, self-study quizzes, animations with quizzes, case studies, interactive flashcards and more.

The Instructor Resource Center offers everything instructors need, where they want it. The Instructor Resource Center helps instructors be more effective by saving them time and effort. All digital resources can be found in one well-organized, easy-to-access place, including all of the line art and most of the photos from the text to help with lecture presentations.

New to this Edition

A new chapter on ecosystems and geology (Chapter 4) discusses the link to geology to ecology.  

A new chapter examines the impact of exterritorial objects that have been linked to global environment and mass extinctions (Chapter 11).

New quantitative exercises on rock mechanics, soil mechanics, average residence time, groundwater movement, and exponential growth are included.

•  The chapter on Global Climate change (Chapter 16) is completely revised.

•  Completely revised discussion of glaciers in Chapter 2 includes updated coverage of ice sheets.

Stronger emphasis is placed on the engineering geology approach-with more quantification of relationships, especially in the discussion of soil and rock mechanics and landslides.

The hazards chapter is significantly updated, especially the coverage of earthquakes, landslides, flooding, and coastal processes.

The chapters on Air Pollution, Environmental Health and Waste Management (formerly 12,13, and17) have been combined into a new chapter 17.

The text has been streamlined, with the amount of chapters reduced from 18 to 17.  

• Thorough revision of the entire text includes approximately 25% new references.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY

Chapter 1: Philosophy and Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 2:  Earth Materials and Process
Chapter 3: Soils and Environment
Chapter 4: Geology and Ecosystems

PART TWO: HAZARDOUS EARTH PROCESSES

Chapter 5: Introduction to Natural Hazards
Chapter 6: Rivers and Flooding
Chapter 7: Landslides and Related Phenomena
Chapter 8: Earthquakes and Related Phenomena
Chapter 9: Volcanic Activity
Chapter 10: Coastal Hazards: Coastal Erosion and Hurricanes
Chapter 11: Impact of Extraterrestrial Objects

PART THREE: RESOURCES AND POLLUTION

Chapter 12: Water Resources
Chapter 13: Water Pollution
Chapter 14: Mineral Resources and Environment
Chapter 15: Energy and Environment

PART FOUR: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE AND SOCIETY

Chapter 16: Global Climate Change
Chapter 17: Geology and Society

Author

EDWARD A. KELLER is professor of environmental geology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he holds a joint appointment with the Environmental Studies Program and the Department of Geological Sciences. Professor Keller's research focuses on natural hazards, including wildfire, flooding, and earthquakes. He is also evaluating the environmental impacts of ecotourism. Professor Keller received his doctorate from Purdue University in 1973; as a graduate student, he wrote the first five chapters of the first edition of Environmental Geology. Professor Keller enjoys teaching and research, and hopes his textbooks help students to appreciate geology and to assist them in becoming better and more informed citizens in our complex world.


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